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Trojans defeat Ayer Shirley in first track meet of season

Bromfield kicked off a modified “indoor” track and field season last week with a dual meet against Ayer Shirley Regional High School. The girls won 59-30 and the boys claimed their own victory 55-36.

Pariss Eang Lee (#12) and Claire Stoddard (#04) compete in the 55-meter sprint. (Photos by Jen Manell)

The meet, which took place at the McCurdy Track on March 25, was the first of four meets that will make up another unusual athletic season. Indoor track usually lasts about 12 weeks, beginning in December and ending in February. This year it is one of a handful of fall and winter sports relegated to a new season due to coronavirus regulations issued by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. In addition to being shorter and later than usual, the season is outdoors and the MIAA will not sponsor postseason meets.

At Thursday’s meet, athletes competed in masks, and each student was allowed two spectators who could watch from the hill alongside the parking lot, according to Coach Greg Bourque.

The girls team earned its nearly 30-point win by claiming a first in every event except the 55-meter hurdles. The 4x200-meter relay team of eighth-grader Isabel Jackson, senior Marley Ferguson, freshman Marissa Flynn, and junior Pariss Eang Lee won in 2 minutes, 8.5 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of sophomore Julia Kimball, senior Kaitlyn Ostrowski, eighth-grader Emma Squire, and senior Hannah Beckman clocked 4:45.5.

Molly Squire, who tripled in an unusual array of events, was a major source of points for Bromfield. The sophomore was first in both the 2-mile (13:13.3) and the shot put, throwing 25 feet, 5 inches. She also took second in the 600 (1:56.6), behind Ferguson (1:56.3).

Senior Claire Stoddard was first in the 55-meter dash (8.1) and the 300 (46.4). In the 1,000, Beckman was first in 3:14.9, followed by Flynn (3:35.2). Ostrowski (5:45.4) took first in the mile and was followed by Emma Squire, whose time of 5:55.3 was an approximately 20-second personal best. On the field, Eang Lee won the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 4 inches.

The Bromfield boys won both relays as well. A 4x200 team of senior Jordan Colon, senior Jack Yu, sophomore Liam Morrison, and senior Cole O’Neil just edged out Ayer Shirley in 1:39.8. The 4x400 relay team of senior Freddie Curtis, sophomores Gavin Holt and Sam Secor, and seventh-grader Harrison Binnick won in 4:14.3.

Liam Morrison starts the 55-meter hurdles at McCurdy Track in a meet between Bromfield and Ayer Shirley, March 25. 

O’Neil led the 300, running an unofficial school record time of 36.3 seconds. Bourque said that the record, which O’Neil already holds, won’t count because it was hand-timed and run on a 400-meter outdoor track instead of a 200-meter indoor track.

O’Neil was followed by freshman Colin Harte (38.9) in second and junior Jacob Pulido (43.9) in third. Colon (6.9) and Harte (7.1) took first and third respectively in the 55-meter dash. In the 55-meter hurdles Bromfield’s only competitor was Morrison, who took second in 8.8 seconds.

Harrison Binnick leads in the 2-mile race that he would go on to win handily, leading from start.

In the 600, Yu was first in 1:41.2 and seventh-grader Christian Johannesen was third (1:53.6). Secor was second in the 1,000 (3:07.5). Curtis (5:00.9) and Holt (5:25) were first and third in the mile, and Binnick (12:03.1) and Johannesen (13:00.0) were first and second in the 2-mile.

On the field, senior Nathan Woolcock threw 39 feet, 5 inches to claim second in the shot put and jumped 5 feet, 2 inches for third in the high jump.

Bourque said that several athletes had personal best performances this week, leaving him hopeful for a competitive season. “We have a great group of kids who work really hard both at practice and outside of our normal practices,” he wrote in an email to the Press. “They are very dedicated and it shows.”

Bromfield was scheduled to race again Thursday, April 1, at Lunenburg High School.

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